North Korea

Experts guess that North Korea has less than ten nuclear weapons, a tiny amount compared to nations like China, the United States or Russia. But the crisis with North Korea presents one of the greatest global security threats today. And the crisis is only getting worse as Pyongyang races to develop its ability to strike targets farther and farther away. Verbal threats and other provocations between the North and the US have stoked this growing fire, bringing us to the brink of war in early 2017. If diplomatic action isn’t taken soon, it is only a matter of time before North Korea develops an ICBM capable of reaching the United States – or a devastating regional war breaks out in the region.

Applying more sanctions and threatening military action in the region  will almost certainly fail, but more ominously will likely result in one or more of three outcomes, all of them bad: accidental war or military miscalculation, weapons-grade plutonium or uranium secreted out of North Korea, and Pyongyang increasing its leverage by continuing to produce fissile material. Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are committed to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis.

Latest News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons in North Korea

  • Joe Cirincione discusses the North Korea situation

    The Trump Administration has still failed to define a coherent approach to dealing with North Korea's missile tests and budding nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump has recently signaled that his administation would be willing to talk with North Korea, contradicting Secretary of...

    May 19, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • North Korea: On the Verge?

    We are extremely alarmed by reports that North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test. We have now reached a new stage of crisis on the Korean Peninsula. To prepare and respond to the growing emergency, Ploughshares Fund has activated a network of partners and grantees to do everything we...

    April 14, 2017 - By Philip Yun
  • Philip Yun on Stopping a North Korea Catastrophe
    April 13, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Watch: Philip Yun on North Korea Threat

    North Korea poses one of the greatest nuclear threats on the planet. The US is in the middle of a slow-motion train-wreck with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missile program -- and President Trump's loose talk about nuclear weapons in the region hasn't helped. Unless we do something...

    March 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Hard Choices on North Korea

    The assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the older half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, is yet another bizarre, “can’t stop watching” episode in a string of reality TV events that is now commonplace in our public discourse.  It’s easy to get sucked into the intrigue, but it distracts...

    February 28, 2017 - By Philip Yun
  • Culture, North Korea and Nuclear Impasse

    At Ploughshares Fund, we support emergent expert voices as a way of injecting fresh ideas into nuclear security and educating the public about nuclear weapons. As part of that commitment, we are beginning a new interview series in which up-and-coming researchers, particularly in the humanities...

    February 3, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
  • Stop Nuclear War

    The nuclear satchel, pictured above, follows the president wherever he goes. Did you know that for as little as $5/month you can help us in our fight to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons threats during the Trump administration?

    December 9, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Learn from Iran, Engage North Korea

    Since official relations between Washington and Tehran were severed in 1980, five American presidents spanning a period of three decades — from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush — have struggled to figure out how to deal with Iran. As a candidate for the presidency in 2007, then-Senator Barack...

    November 15, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • New Report: 10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President

    President-elect Donald Trump will soon have to focus seriously on nuclear policy. With this in mind, Ploughshares Fund invited some of the best thinkers in the field to come up with ten bold ideas to help make America safer and more secure. 

    November 14, 2016 - By Tom Collina
  • 10 Big Nuclear Ideas Launch Event

    We are releasing our new report, "10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President" at an event you can watch on Facebook via livestream. At this event, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:45pm ET / 9:45 am PT, you can see these ideas discussed by people...

    November 8, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund